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Big fourth quarter leads WBASK past Toronto
Laurier: 74 Toronto: 67

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WATERLOO, Ont. (January 21, 2017) - A strong fourth quarter performance helped the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks women’s basketball team pick up their third consecutive victory as they got past the Toronto Varsity Blues 74-67 on Saturday afternoon at the Athletic Complex.

Hosting their annual Shoot for the Cure game, the purple and gold fell behind early against the visitors as Toronto used their size on the boards to grab a 21-13 lead after the opening quarter.

Laurier responded in the second thanks to the three-ball. The Hawks connected from deep four times in the frame, and shot nearly 44 percent from deep in the half, as they cut Toronto’s lead to 36-35 through 20 minutes of play.

The two teams traded baskets in the third quarter as the Blues held a narrow two-point advantage heading to the fourth.

Laurier found their offensive rhythm early in the final stanza and went on a 9-4 run to take their first lead since early in the first quarter. The run was anchored by fifth year guard Kaitlyn Schneck of Kitchener, Ont., and rookie Rachel Woodburn of Courtice, Ont., who had 10 and eight points respectively in the second half to lead the comeback for Laurier.

After Toronto pulled the lead back down to just one, guard SARAH DILLON of Welland, Ont., completed an impressive reverse layup to stretch the lead back to three. 

The Blues were unable to close the gap any further as the Hawks clinched the game from the free throw line to come away with the victory.

Despite being badly outrebounded in the contest, 58-32, Laurier was the better team from the charity stripe, which helped them clinch the win. Laurier shot 74 percent from the line, compared to just 41 percent for Toronto.

One of those finding success from the line was Nicole Morrison of Hamilton, who was 7-of-10 on her attempts to finish the game with a team-high 17 points, to go along with five rebounds, two assists and two steals.

Schenck was also strong, finishing with 15 points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals while Woodburn had eight points and three rebounds.

Rahshida Atkinson of Scarborough, Ont., led Toronto with a game-high 23 points before fouling out late in the contest. Charlotte Collyer of Colleyville, Texas, chipped in with a double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds.

The win moves the Hawks to 10-5 on the year as they continue to hold down second place in the OUA West division.

As for Toronto, they fall to 6-7 on the year.

Laurier will now hit the road for three straight games beginning next Saturday, January 28 when they head across University Ave to take on the Waterloo Warriors. Game time is set for 12 p.m. at the Physical Activities Complex and it can be seen live on OUA.tv.
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